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Inner Sanctum, by Troy Gillett

[ART] Aug. 13-Oct. 5

We know what you’re going to say:

Doors? As art? WT …

Hold that F. Think about this for a moment. Among the most everyday of objects, the door nonetheless has a lot of meanings and associations. Home. Family. Access. Access denied. Safety. They’re about passage, about transition from one space (real, imagined or emotional) to another. Open, a door is welcoming; closed, it’s secretive, private, perhaps anxiety-provoking.

Now, layer on some local significance — the housing bubble, the foreclosure crisis, the atomization of family that often takes place here.

All in all, not a bad batch of inspirations for an artist to work with. Which is why local artist Troy Gillett, working in the style of arte povera — a movement some decades ago to “blur the lines between art and life” by making work from common materials — created Inner Sanctum. Six doors found around Las Vegas, each scarred with its own level of urban decay, are positioned in a circular arrangement (the circle, more meaning: community, “the cyclical nature of art and life”) in which the viewer can stand. It’s meant to be an intimate, contemplative space wherein you can ponder all that heady stuff we just mentioned.

OK, you can unleash that F now: fascinating! SCOTT DICKENSHEETS

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m; Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, 500 Grand Central Parkway, clarkcountynv.gov; opening reception, Sept. 6, 6 p.m.